Musselman’s Lake

I am sending this out to all the Lakers. I was a Laker up to 7 years ago, when my partner Sharon and I moved to Ballantrae. My daughter’s family still owns, what was my place, on the North side. I lived around the lake from 1987 to 2016, if allowed, I would still like to be considered a Laker. I was the Ward 2 Councillor from 1997 to 2003. After my time as a councillor, I was invited, in 2004, by the WS Fire and Emergency Services Chief to join the ranks of the Fire Department as a Volunteer Firefighter. To this day, I am a Captain out of the Ballantrae Fire Hall, still a volunteer firefighter, still looking after my community.

The lake has been near and dear to my heart. I was one of the founding members of the Friends of Musselman’s Lake. The group started in 1992 and continued to 2005. The Friends actually lobbied the local and provincial governments to bring in the communal water system to our area. With threats to clean drinking water, 3/4 s of the residents around the lake and in Ballantrae were drinking different levels of contaminated (Chlorides and nitrates) water. The Friends completed many educational activities around the lake. A Friends of Musselman’s Lake Community Book was delivered to every house hold around the lake, in 2005, that educated resident from everything from septic systems, to road safety to the different community association that could help resident enjoy life around the lake.

I know that I am a past Laker, but still enjoy the fact that I lived and raised my family around the lake. In the past you could walk around the lake in early fall and see dozens of different waterfowl migrating south. On one walk around the lake, I witnessed 18 different species of ducks, geese and other waterfowl stopping over at the lake on their way south. My favourite are the smaller diving ducks like Mergansers and Buffleheads. There is nothing like hearing the call of the Loon in the quiet mornings or anytime of the day.

The friends completed many studies of the lake. We know that there are 10 different types of fish, 7 different types of frogs and countless types of bird species around the Musselman’s Lake. I still enjoy travelling around the lake. I still keep up my monitoring of frog species during the spring mating seasons. As frogs are indicator species for the health of the ecosystems, it is sad that we are losing our frog species. You can still find the different species of frogs and toads, but there are fewer of them. What I have witnessed lately, is the loss of habitat and the loss of tree canopy around the lake. We did lose a lot of trees through diseases, but there is the human element that is happening as well. Development and infilling are reducing our canopy cover and clearing the shoreline and neighbourhoods of vegetation. There seems to be a new push to remove trees, so some residents can have a view of the lake. Good for the resident, bad for health of the lake. Hard surfaces and fewer trees direct rainfall faster and more directly to the lake, leaching nutrients and chemicals into the lake. We need to maintain and grow our tree canopy and wildlife habitat around the lake.

As Mayor of Whitchurch-Stouffville, I will work closely with the local councillor to introduce more strict policies that will protect the lake area and those areas that are similar. I will fight hard to bring Transit to our neighbourhoods, safer roads and more community friendly development.

Vote Mark Carroll 4 Mayor, for a “Different Kind of Better”

www,markcarroll4mayor.ca

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